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Robertson Not Overthrowing
Scouts had their eye on the 22-year-old while he was still a student at the University of Alabama. While on the Alabama roster, Robertson joined the ranks of his school's all-time record holders in appearances, strikeouts and saves, using his fastball as a key weapon on the mound.
Although his pitching velocity is not at the level it was while playing during college, Robertson is confident this setback won't hinder his performance. In fact, not overthrowing the ball is on his list of priorities.
"[The velocity] is there, you know, hopefully it'll come back soon," said the right-handed pitcher. "I'm not trying to overthrow, so I'll stick with what's working even if it's a little slower."
Robertson has made a name for himself throwing strikes, and his fastball is one that keeps heads turning. In fact, the pitcher has honed his skill so thoroughly that any opposing batter can expect to watch the ball fly by before he has the chance to take a swing.
His versatility, however, shows through every time he tosses secondary pitches such as the slider, changeup and curveball, with the same level of effectiveness.
"I'll throw breaking balls when I have to and hopefully I'll get to a point where I can throw strikes any time I want. Right now I'm just gonna work on my fastball," Robertson said, "there's lot of time to get better."
Getting better is something the RiverDog plans to do, but don't think he will do it while modeling himself after a Major Leaguer.
When asked if there is a Major League pitcher whom he looks up to, Robertson simply stated, "There's nobody I really look up to. We don't really have a team in Alabama so I didn't pay attention to that much baseball."
Perhaps every aspiring player should pay less attention to their sport if they want to end up in Robertson's enviable position.
Although his ERA has been kept at an impressive low this season (0.00, surely there is room for improvement. In the sense of bettering his pitching, Robertson plans to work on what any motivated pitcher would: throwing more strikeouts.
"[I hope to] throw a lot of good innings and keep a low ERA. Just give us a chance to win some games, that's all I really plan on."
Though he seems to be fine on his own when it comes to playing with confidence, Robertson, like many other players, takes to heart any advice he receives from coaches and fellow players. The most valuable wisdom he has received so far might sound simple, but it is essential.
"Don't overthrow, throw strikes," Robertson said, "That's about it. You don't have to overthrow to get people out."
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